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'Glee': Kate Hudson good but not the scene-stealer

The season premiere of the new-formula Glee (“Now with extra added smirks!”) had an advance push from the preview clips Fox released of Kate Hudson going hard-body Bob Fosse on us; if she didn’t quite inspire the curiosity Gwyneth Paltrow initially did (after all, the stakes were greater: Would Gwynnie Get Down?) (answer: affirmative), Hudson was certainly more of a draw than, say, John Stamos was. Plus, Hudson’s character NYADA dance teacher Cassandra July was there to do what some of us take, yes, glee in witnessing: Anyone who attempts to demolish the Kryptonite-hard ego of Lea Michele’s Rachel. READ FULL STORY

'Smash' review: So the 'Workshop' performance was a stinker: Bravo!

You gotta hand it to Smash: This series is so willing to portray the making of a Broadway musical so realistically — well, in a heightened, exaggerated form of realism, in which a music mogul thinks he can make a pop star of Katharine McPhee’s Karen and hunky bartenders fall for Anjelica Huston’s Eileen — that the show is willing to present the workshop version of the Broadway musical we and they are supposed be invested in, and make it a very rocky, often mediocre creation. Unlike Glee, in which everyone snaps into place with perfect pitch and nary a false step, Smash offers carefully placed stumbles and lyrics rhymed with intentional poorness. The hell with the ratings a boffo showcase might attract: bravo, Smash! READ FULL STORY

'GCB' premiere review: The new 'Desperate Housewives,' or too over-the-top to survive?

To say that GCB takes the Desperate Housewives template and cranks up the crazy is understating the brisk looniness of this enterprise, which launched Sunday night. The new series, starring Kristen Chenoweth, Annie Potts, and a host of high-haired, chest-raised costars, tries to cross the final-season Housewives with Dallas, tossing in a degree of cam that makes La Cage aux Folles look like a model of restraint. READ FULL STORY

'Smash' opening-night review: Reasons to root for Marilyn, the musical?

Smash premiered on Monday night right after the most agreeable lead-in NBC could possibly muster: The Voice, thus having musical-reality television lead into musical-fiction television. There’s been a lot of TV-industry reporting about how many millions of dollars NBC has spent promoting Smash, and I’ve done some speculating of my own about whether or not Smash will become a ratings hit. But let’s put all the biz stuff aside and concentrate on the show itself: Did it deliver? READ FULL STORY

'Smash' premiere review: Break a leg, and break some ratings records?

Smash is an admirable risk for a network television series. Given that the size of the Broadway-show audience, if every ticket-holder tuned in, would probably fit into the bodice of The Voice‘s Christina Aguilera, the notion of a weekly show chronicling the behind-the-scenes creation of a Great White Way musical about Marilyn Monroe is gutsy. And optimistic. And, let’s face it, Glee-fully, exhilaratingly over-reaching. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' premiere review: Was it scary/freaky/sexy enough for you?

“The world is a horrible place,” said a character in the premiere of American Horror Story, and this new hour from Glee producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk did its best to prove that dismal sentiment true. Welcome to The Anti-Glee, or perhaps more like Gleeful Hell. There was sadism on the screen, and you may have felt a sadistic pleasure in watching. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': It's coming tonight, it's unavoidable, it's...

No new fall TV has left me with more conflicted feelings and thoughts than American Horror Story, the new haunted-house saga from Glee‘s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

Which means, among other things, that it must be doing something right: Provocation is a lot better than predictability, and the one thing you cannot accuse Horror Story of being is predictable.

Or maybe you can. I’ve marshaled some of my thoughts on this below: READ FULL STORY

The Emmy Awards show review: Jane Lynch, 'Modern Family,' 'Downton Abbey,' and some genuine surprises

It’s rare that an awards show both rewards the people who really deserve those awards and is itself a rewarding show. But this year’s Emmy Awards was both. Led by spunky, clever host Jane Lynch, the Emmys were delightfully surprising — Margo Martindale! Kyle Chandler! Melissa McCarthy plus all the other Best Comedy Actress nominees onstage together! — and, in most ways, quite satisfactory. READ FULL STORY

Instant reaction to 'American Horror Story,' from the creators of 'Glee': Eeeeek!

Glee producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk screened their new October drama American Horror Story to TV critics at the Summer TV Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. It stars Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton, The Practice‘s Dylan McDermott, Oscar-winner Jessica Lange, True Blood‘s Denis O’Hare, and a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies. If you have been wanting to hear the erstwhile Tami Taylor say, “I can be kinky,” this show may be for you. Then again, it may be the show that peels back your skull and makes you run bellowing from the room. READ FULL STORY

What I got wrong, and right, in my Emmy predictions

Never have I been so glad to be wrong… in just a couple of Emmy categories. I’m certainly not going to whine about not predicting such superb surprise nominations as Louie CK, Timothy Olyphant, and Walton Goggins.

Yes, I’m doing my due diligence in following up on my Emmy predictions post yesterday; I owe it to you to own up to my miscalculations… and crow about my perspicacity! READ FULL STORY

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